Archive for May, 2014

Word of the Year 2014

pray

Every year, my pastor challenges our church to pick a focus for development for the year.   A word.   Last year, 2013, my word was GRACE.  I practiced it, meditated on it, prayed about it, even tattooed it on my wrist.  I feel like I understand so much better what it looks like to default to grace–to believe the best in others first.

So, this year, 2014, my word is PRAY.  I have, for the past year or so, stewed over the dissatisfaction I feel regarding the lack of depth in my prayer life.  I know that there is POWER in prayer and I know that I am not tapping into it to the extent I could be.

With 2 teenagers, a new promotion at work, and moving soon into an empty nest season with my husband of almost 25 years, I am weak on my own.  Impotent.  Insufficient.  I NEED the power of God.  I pray in silent whispers. I pray in battle cries.

Deeper

The theme for this week is DEEPER. Like the roots of a really strong tree.  They are DEEP.

When Jesus called Simon Peter to a deeper faith he told him, “Now go out where it is deeper and let your nets down” Luke 5:4.

When I posted about prayer last year, I might have given the wrong impression that I don’t already pray. I do pray, I just want MORE. I want DEEP, intimate conversations with God. Not one sided diatribes, or “popcorn” prayers, but conversations.

Deeper NEED

Deeper intimacy with Christ

Deeper FAITH

Deeper conversations

Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Col 2:7